Microsoft Finally Added Native CD Ripping to Windows 11’s Dev Channel

The update also includes some essential features for the Camera app, too.

Given Windows 11 is still pretty new, it doesn’t come with all the features you’d expect from a new operating system right out of the box. Fortunately, Microsoft is slowly adding those missing features back in, and the main branch will soon see native CD ripping return to Windows 11.

Some Exciting Developments in the Windows 11 Dev Channel

Microsoft documented this feature and more on Windows Blogs. If you’re on Windows 11’s dev channel, you can now take advantage of native CD ripping via Media Player. This is the next evolution for the app, which only just gained the ability to read disks back in March 2022.


Microsoft says that, right now, you can use Media Player to rip songs in “AAC, WMA, FLAC, and ALAC” formats. And from the screenshot Microsoft posted of the feature in action, it seems Windows 11 will recommend you use AAC if you don’t have a preference.

If you grab the Dev build, you’ll also notice that the Camera app also got some flashy new features. Now, Windows 11 can read barcodes and QR codes through the camera app, meaning you won’t have to keep reaching for your phone every time you need to scan something.

All these features should be waiting for you the next time you update Windows 11 on the Dev channel. And remember: if you spot something weird going on with these new features, hit Win + F and take the time to report any bugs before it launches to people worldwide.

Adding the Essentials to Windows 11

Windows 11 is still a fledgling system, and it’s missing a few essential features that people expect from a modern-day operating system. And if Microsoft wants people to migrate from Windows 10, it needs to get these tweaks out sooner rather than later.

Of course, there are plenty of pros and cons to Windows 11, and the ability to rip CDs may not be the killer feature to convince people to make the move en-masse. However, if Microsoft keeps the momentum going, there’s a good chance that people will eventually warm to its new OS.

Building Windows 11, Bit by Bit

With this Dev branch update, Windows 11 gets a few more features to help give people the full modern OS experience. Let’s hope all the features make it to the main branch quickly and without issue.

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